What to do
The National Park of Sila offers the possibility to have fun and enjoy the pleasure of simple things, enjoying a unique and enchanting environment and recreating your body and spirit.
In the Park you can practise a multitude of sports activities: cycling, riding or skiing, walking with a shoulder-strap binocular and maps in your pocket, skating or walking in the water, challenging the exhilaration of flying or sailing the lakes of Sila.
Mountain Bike Tours
Trails constantly beaten and redesigned within the Park’s system, our cycle paths between the plateaus and valleys already marked by the passage of shepherds and animals, slopes still accessible without too much effort, they become ideal routes even with a bicycle. Mountain bike, it’s meant!
Comfortable shoes and lightweight backpack: this is how to trace the ancient silane paths. The National Park of Sila is ready to offer springs, sources and mills, towers and castles, abbeys and sanctuaries, ruins and ancient farmhouses, to those who want to walk the plateau. Hundreds of well signposted trails await you.
Walking on horseback is a way to cross the beauties of the Silane Plateau, to marvel at its wonders, to remain fascinated by its colors along paths that people beat throughout the territory, coasting sites of interest: from " Giants of Fallistro " to the Visit Centers, from the old " tratturi "of the brigands to places still immersed in the wildest nature.
Cross-country and downhill skiing
Sila becomes, under the snow, an exceptional attraction for lovers of hiking on cross-country skiing and for those who, however, want to enter on foot or with snowshoes in symbiosis with nature in the silence of woods, far from the busiest and most frequented slopes ski resorts, even though they are present in the Park. The downhill slopes, from December to February, offer, in their wide and long stretch, an incredible natural spectacle.
Orienteering means orienting itself within nature; it is a discipline of Scandinavian origin, becoming a new sport activity, which combines fun with learning. It makes clear the fear of loss and the fear of obstacles, because it teaches, among other things, to consult maps and use the compass.
Sailing and canoeing
From the Cecita, to the Arvo and to the Ampollino, to talk about the most extensive; and from the Passante to the Ariamacina to say of the little ones, all the lakes of the National Park of Sila are artificial reservoirs barred then by dams. Rarely poor in water, they represent privileged areas to engage in navigation. In summertime, it is mainly possible to rent sailboats or surfboards, canoes or skates.
Gorges standing out in the narrow mountainous territory of Calabria, drawing canyons in whose deep meandering streams of abundant flow, become a special attraction for those who, inside the Park of Sila, want to venture through wild and marshy vegetation, big and little waterfalls with their feet in the water, even surpassing considerable heights, with ropes and carabiners. The gorges of the Trionto, of the Ortisano, of the Vulganera in its grafting with the Coserie, of the Soleo and of the Simeri, of the Alli and of the Corace, of the Melito and of the Crocchio and still of the Tàcina will satisfy those who love the risk and seek it as fulfilling moments of a holiday in contact with nature.
In the Park of Sila archery courses become a pleasant diversion and a great pastime; they tune sports concentration to naturalistic enjoyment. Immersed in the green, in the spaces adapted to this sport discipline, it will be easier to understand and savor the forest silences.
Bio and Bird-watching, nature photography
The environment of the National Park of Sila offers countless opportunities to observe its rich fauna or, specifically, birds. Squirrels jumping among the branches of the forest of the pine laricio, foxes that escape the company, kestrels, hoopoes, barn owl, buzzards, hawks hovering in the blue skies of the plateau: you will certainly watch the subjects for your observations or for your photos.
Sila Steam Train
The Little Train of Sila is not a common train. It was a train designed to introduce tourists and tourism in "a region to organize in the region"; a medium conceived as an instrument that, crossing a territory of already suggestive uniqueness, would have transformed it into "one of the most fruitful, of the most prosperous, of the most beautiful areas of the peninsula", a train in short which would have brought together people and places of Sila travelling within the SIla landscape. Born therefore as small narrow gauge railway, which in the initial project would have to join Cosenza to the commercial port of Crotone, necessarily downsized, was organized on two axes shod: the one from Cosenza to Catanzaro, the other from Cosenza to San Giovanni in Fiore.
Needless to say how demanding and full-bodied was its realization – just think of the reduced instrumentation of the time compared to that of today advanced technology – but from 1916 to 1956, at different stages, tenacious and vigorous workers made practicable the about one hundred kilometers of Cosenza - Catanzaro and San Giovanni in Fiore (province of Cosenza).
Difficult was the constructive commitment, but the commitment of the Railways Calabro-Lucane was carried forward by the Railways of Calabria and still it is. The "little train" of Sila continues to guarantee, on recovered carriages and with steam locomotives restored – old boast of the mechanical industry of the 20’-30’ years – throughout the year, running to the ski places, extraordinary journeys direct in particular to a public eager to recover in the peaceful atmospheres of a habitat still really extraordinary, at the lilting rhythm of the sounds of the old, indestructible wooden sleepers.
For information: www.trenodellasila.it